Thanks to the dozens of people who came from far and wide to our Annual Fall Clean Up of the Scarborough Marsh. This annual event is a collaboration between a number of organizations including: Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, and the Town of Scarborough.
Read the full article in the Scarborough Leader.
The Jannelle family has donated approximately three acres as an addition to the protected area of Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. Located at the end of Roundabout Drive off Black Point Road, the parcel consists of marsh and woodlands, and provides an upland buffer to the 3,200-acre Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Friends of Scarborough Marsh worked in partnership with the Scarborough Land Trust to fund and carry out the land transfer, and the Town of Scarborough assisted with road title issues. The 3-acre property has been deeded to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which owns and manages the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
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We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to you for coming to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center this past Saturday (April 26th) to help clean up the marsh and prepare the nature center for coming season. Our annual Spring clean-up marking Earth Day is a huge undertaking, and volunteers are the key to our success! Read more in the Scarborough Leader...
More than 70 people came to clean up the marsh. What a turn out on such a raw and rainy day! Also thank you to Panera, Mister Bagel, and Oakhurst Dairy for providing refreshments. A big thanks as well to the Town of Scarborough Public Works crew for all their help! In addition to returning volunteers and new friends, Troop 39 from Scarborough, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and TD Bank were there to support the marsh. We also collected nourishing staple foods for Project G.R.A.C.E. - thank you one and all for your generosity. Hope to see you enjoying the marsh and visiting the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center this Spring and Summer - there's lots going on!
A salt marsh lives in delicate balance with the daily rise and fall of ocean tides. What happens to a salt marsh and its environs when the sea level rises and floods marshlands on a daily basis that once were flooded only by the occasional heavy storm tide? This is a question that residents of Scarborough will have to answer in the not-too-distant future. Fortunately, Scarborough Marsh is the beneficiary of a federal grant to research this question through the creation of a Marsh Migration Task Force.
A three-year project to control the invasive reed Phragmites australis in the Scarborough Marsh has achieved its goal of a 95% eradication rate in the areas treated under the program. The project was a collaboration among the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, and Maine Audubon. Launched in August 2010, it involved a variety of actions utilizing highly specialized mowing equipment, licensed and trained contractors and application of a specially formulated herbicide that affects only plants.
Be a part of the essential, long-term work to ensure that the marsh remains a vibrant and healthy ecosystem and a wild space for our children and future generations to enjoy. Please give generously to our Annual Fund Campaign. In the year ahead, we will be working with our partners to battle further against invasive species, add more marshlands to the 3100 acres already protected, and continue to track the sources of pollutants that imperil the health of the marsh. To accomplish all this, we'll need your help. We invite you to join us as a Friend of Scarborough Marsh. To make your gift, download our form and mail a check, or go to Network for Good to contribute securely online now. Thank you.
More than 50 hardy volunteers turned out on October 26th for the annual fall clean-up in collaboration with the Maine Audubon Nature Center. Over the course of the day, 25 large bags of trash were removed from the marsh and hauled away. Our gratitude to all involved for enhancing both the beauty and health of the marsh! (Pictured: Members of Scarborough Boy Scouts Troop 39).
Fun for the Whole Family September 27-28-29
Get closer to nature by joining us for family friendly events in Scarborough, and all around the great State of Maine, too. Learn more about Maine's ecosystems and wildlife during the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) is a collaboration among several of Maine's leading environmental organizations to promote outdoor recreation and encourage more Mainers to take advantage of our State's extraordinary recreation opportunities and public lands. The 4th GMOW was held September 28-30th. Statewide, 70 organizations hosted almost 100 events attended by over 7,100 people. In support of the event, FOSM organized a nature walk and wildlife viewing tour on the newly acquired Gervais conservation property. Maine Audubon's Scarborough Marsh Nature Center Director Linda Woodard led the program. In 2012 FOSM worked with the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and other organizations to refurbish a former cellular tower that sits on the property. There is now an observation deck open to the public.
The Friends of the Scarborough Marsh recently extended an invitation to the Town to work collaboratively on improving and protecting water quality in the Scarborough Marsh. (see letter)
A report released in July 2013 by the National Resources Defense Council showing that in 2012 Scarborough’s Ferry Beach tied for 5th place (out of 60) in Maine’s most contaminated beaches. Also at about that time, FOSM partnered with the University of New England to collect and analyze data gathered at the Mill Brook area of the marsh. The study found water quality to be good overall, with one major exception: coliform bacteria rated as poor at all four sampling sites during almost every month of the study period. High coliform bacteria levels are the primary reason for closing clam flats. In light of our results and the recent water quality study, we need to act in a collaborative fashion to restore and protect water quality in the Scarborough Marsh. FOSM is dedicated to participating in and where appropriate facilitating this collaboration.
Plant and Insect Biodiversity Day
Join local experts on August 10 from 9 - Noon and survey the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey. After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results. The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.
Important Bird Area Survey
Want to do some birding at Maine's premier birding spot and help gather data on Maine's first Important Bird Area? Join us on August 24 from 9 - Noon for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species. Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, each group of monitors will be assigned a portion of the marsh to survey. Depending on the assignment, surveys may be done on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own), and could last up to several hours. Beginning birders are welcome! The morning will start with a brief introduction to the marsh and the survey methods, and after that, monitors will disburse to their assigned sections.
Both of these volunteer monitoring projects are made possible through a grant from the Prout's Neck Association to Maine Audubon. Please call Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center at 883-5100 or email email@example.com for more information or to register.
Friends of Scarborough Marsh and the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center have been working hard on behalf of the marsh for many years, and recently celebrated with a gala evening of great food and fun. Founders of FOSM were recognized, as was the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center which marked its 40th anniversary this year. Featured guest speakers were Patrick Keenan (Biodiversity Research Institute) and Chandler Woodcock (Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife). HONOREES: Our founding board members (2000): C.D. Armstrong (President), Richard B. Anderson, Kathleen Bayley, Phil Bozenhard, Stephanie Cox, Ann Delehanty, Mike Mallar, Roger Mallar, Laurene Sedgeley. Exceptional merit award: Eddie Woodin. HOST COMMITTEE: Roger & Frances Jane Addor, Richard Anderson, Ro & John Bloom, Don Endrizzi & Peggy Pennoyer, Sam & Babs Fleming, Susan Koch, Lucy & Bill LaCasse, Charlie & Sally Lee, Rick Murphy, Rick & Celeste Shinay, Rick & Brenda Vogel, Sue & Doug Williams, and Saco Biddeford Savings. With special thanks to our sponsor, Eddie Woodin & Co. as well as students from the Portland Conservatory of Music. View pictures on Facebook!
Two local environmental protection groups are hosting a special event next month to celebrate decades of dedication to the health and well-being of the Scarborough Marsh. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend.
Fall is here, and many are thinking about getting their lawns and landscaping ready for the winter ahead. Do you know what's on your lawn and how it impacts the health of you and your family, as well as the environment and our own Scarborough Marsh?
Citizens for a Green Scarborough is hosting a free screening of "A Chemical Reaction: The Story of a True Green Revolution", the award-winning documentary documentary about pesticide use and less toxic alternatives. Film producer and green lawn care advocate Paul Tukey will introduce the film and host a Q&A session afterward. This film is being shown a week before the meeting of the Scarborough Town Council (September 21stat 7 p.m.) at which councilors will make a decision on a policy limiting use of pesticides on public properties in town, including parks and playing fields. Come see "A Chemical Reaction" & hear from Paul Tukey next Wednesday, September 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scarborough Library.